Friday, December 23, 2005
Around New Year I'll be in Utrecht (NED) visiting friends before going back to Mannheim on 2nd January. My work will start again on 9th, so I'll have some time for friends, my flat and maybe a short ski trip, I'll see.
As a Christmas present ;) I have finally finished the report about my first long distance triathlon. Get the PDF-File here. Moreover I have already registered for next year's race in August.
I wish everybody a joyfull Christmas time as well as a smooth slide into 2006. CU then! ;)
Friday, December 9, 2005
Moreover it's time to plan next year's events, especially the runs I want to take part, as many of them are booked out fast or the starting fee significantly increases at the end of the year. Right now I've considered several marathons (Weinstrasse and Leipzig in April, Mannheim in May) and ultramarathons (Rodgau in Jan, Baerenfels in July) as well as shorter distances (Schwerin in July, Lichtenwald in April etc.). Moreover I have registered again for the Ostseeman triathlon in August and will probably start in Ladenburg again as a test race. But except the big marathons and the Ostseeman nothing is fixed yet, so I may modify the plan as I feel. ;)
Above you can see my garland of evergreens with four candles for the Sundays in Advent, a German tradition. I will drive home on 23rd and stay in Schwerin until the 30th before visiting a friend in the Netherlands (Utrecht).
So, you're almost up-to-date right now. Just one more thing, I'll visit my granny in Thuringia and run a hilly marathon in a disused salt mine on Saturday morning. Temperatures of 27°C on a December day have simply been to tempting for me to resist the challenge. ;)
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Last Wednesday some collegues and I saw the ice-hockey match Germany vs. USA in Mannheim and luckily became eyewitness of the first victory sind 1971, Truly a historic moment. Last weekend I was in Berlin to visit my cousin. Saturday was a 10 km run and we went to a friends party on the evening. Sunday I strolled around the city to see what has changed. Moreover I went into a exhibition, sighted the new holocaust monument and found this nice piece of neon art.
Next weekend I'll visit a friend in the Saarland with whom I ran the Jungfrau marathon in Septmeber and we'll drive to Luxemburg for a trail run. I hope the weather doesn't change too much until then.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
But on Friday I'll go home for a long weekend and I'll finally bring my bed to Mannheim. 2 months on the floor is enough. :)
I wish you a very nice autumn, Jolle!
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Friday, September 9, 2005
It was good luck, that my mom visited me the weekend when I had to move, so she helped me a lot and I had completed the whole process from visiting the new flat, moving and finding a new tenant for the old room in less than a week. I even had enough time for a 10 km run in Mannheim on Saturday, where I met two collegues.
Moreover I already had some friends visiting me to explore Mannheim's nightlife. We also went to Heidelberg, which looks quite nice in the evening at the moment.
As I wrote already, my new project in Frankfurt started from September on. It consumes quite some travelling time by train. On the other that allows me to read a lot.
The coming weekend I'll be on a trip to Switzerland. On Saturday I'll enjoy the Jungfrau-Marathon in Interlaken, the rest is not yet planned.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Moreover I'll have to move during the next 10 days and need to buy some furniture and a kitchen. The latter I'll may postpone though, as I guess I won't have time for that in the next weeks. The reason why I think so is, that it's now official that I'll work in Frankfurt during the week from September on and I've already planned my weekends in the next month (Switzerland, Ireland, Bremen Marathon), all except the first one, where some friends will visit.
So, I'm looking forward to that. Maybe it distracts me a bit from my overflowing ToDo-list.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Chances are high that I'll be on project in Frankfurt starting in September, let's see. Moreover I'm looking for a new flat from time to time. Let's see what happens. Til later!
Monday, August 8, 2005
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Friday I'll drive home in an Audi A3 Sportback and have vacation until Tuesday. That is hopefully enough to recover from the weekend.
For the triathlon my mother will join and maybe some old friends from the army and university. I hope they find time, it would be really cool. Let's rock it!
Friday, July 29, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Following you can find a description of my triathlon from 3athlon.info (in German).
"Ich bin hellauf begeistert von meinem ersten Triathlon. Hab unser Sommerfest als einer der Ersten verlassen, damit ich so ca. 4 Uhr auch im Bett lag und noch etwas Schlaf bekam. Gegen 10 Uhr dann aufgestanden und nach Ladenburg geradelt. Unterlagen abgeholt und der erste kleine Schock, ich hatte meinen Chip vergessen. Die Orga war unkompliziert und freundlich, ich bekam kostenlos in wenigen Minuten einen Leihchip. Und man hat die Änderung auch gleich in den Zeitmessrechner eingespielt. Super!So the Ostseeman can come. I am fit and with some luck I can finish fourth time the distance, I hope.
Dann musste ich erst mal rausfinden, was jetzt in welchen Beutel und in welche Zone platziert werden musste, ist ja als Neuling ein wenig aufregend, vor allem, wenn man so an die Plätze links und rechts vom eigenen Rad schaut. Da siehts doch a weng professioneller aus. Aber Triathleten sind nette Leute und so hatten meine "Nachbarn" den ein oder anderen wertvollen Tipp für einen Rookie.
Mit dem Neo gings dann auf's Schiff, wo doch recht hohe Nervosität unter den Teilnehmer herschte. Es wurde jedenfalls viel geschnattert. Meine Strategie war, als einer der Letzten von Bord zu gehen und mich dann ganz am Ende der Startlinie zu plazieren. Das tat ich auch, die letzten Minuten vor dem Start empfand ich als sehr angenehm, sich ein wenig in der Sonne im Wasser treiben zu lassen.
Aber dann ging's auch schon los. Startschuss und Arme wedeln lassen. Es war wohl eine gute Entscheidung, ganz am Ende loszuschwimmen, um dem Anfangstrubel zu entgehen. Allerdings schwamm ich schon recht bald auf die letzten Schwimmer auf. Nach ein paar Tritten und Schlägen liess ich mich wieder zurückfallen, das in der Masse schwimmen muss ich noch üben. Hab dann jeden 2. Atemzug hochgeschaut, um mir große Lücken zu suchen, durch die ich meinen Weg bahnen konnte. Das Feld zog sich ja auch zunehmend auseinander, so dass ich bald meine Ruhe hatte. Nach 27:13 min stieg ich aus dem Wasser (172.Schwimmzeit). Ich war damit vollauf zufrieden, da ich komplett im Kraulstil durchgezogen hatte, was mir im Training bisher nie gelang.
Die erste Wechelzone war recht schnell passiert. Neo aus, Füße abtrocknen, Socken und Schuhe an, zubinden (da muss ich noch optimieren), Helm auf und ab mit dem Rad. Auf der Strecke erst mal die Handschuhe an, Brille vom Helm und aufsetzen und einen Riegel essen. Dann im 35er Schnitt an die Berge ranfahren.
In Dossenheim hab ich am ersten Berg schon voll attackiert, alles was ging. Mit meinem Gang hatte ich bei den 16% eh keine andere Strategiemöglichkeit ausser absteigen. Dann wieder ein wenig ausruhen und mit ruhigem Tritt in den Anstieg zum Weißen Stein fahren. Ich kam super hoch, überholte Dutzende von Fahrern und fuhr fast 90% des Berges sitzend und auf dem Trialenker hoch, den Rest im Wiegetritt. Oben dann bis zur Bundesstrasse wieder volle Pulle, auf er Abfahrt liess ich es dann rollen und ein paar Fahrer haben mich erwartungsgemäß wieder eingeholt.
Den 2. Anstieg empfand ich nicht als sonderlich schlimm. Ich überholte wieder einige, bevor es an die große letzte Abfahrt ging, bei der ich dieses Mal mit den meisten anderen mithalten konnte. Allerdings hat mich hier ein Pack von ca. 10 Fahrern überholt, die voll am Draften waren, sehr unschön. Bin aber am kurzen Anstieg in Großsachsen am ganzen Pack wieder vorbeigesprintet.
Aufgrund der guten Zeit hab ich bin zur nächsten Wechselzone richtig in die Pedale getreten (Radzeit 1:27:59), was wohl im Nachhinein ein Fehler war, denn ich kam nach dem Wechsel auf die Laufstrecke nicht richtig in Gang. Erst in der 2. Runde gings dann und ich fand meinen Rhytmus und ich konnte noch ein paar überholen. Laufzeit war am Ende dann 42 min, eher schwach für mich, aber die Laufstrecke war auch nicht sehr angenehm, weil sehr viele enge Kurven, die doch auch Kraft kosten.
Mit meiner Gesamtzeit war ich allerdings mehr als zufrieden. 65. Gesamtrang am Ende, das war mehr als von mir erwartet, so dass ich nach einer kleinen Stärkung im Festzelt zufrieden zurück nach Mannheim radelte. "
Friday, July 22, 2005
Today is our company's summer party, which will be conducted in a location near Mannheim. This time I'll not stay until the end, because I'll compete in the Ladenburg triathlon on Saturday afternoon.
Time is ticking away. The 2 week countdown for the Ostseeman begins on Sunday. :)
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Quite a cool feeling and just half an hour later the riders arrived.
After they had passed I started my own tour and rode the stage in the reverse direction back to the start, passing the previous 3 mountains (third category climbs) and passing nice villages.
After leaving the Black Forest I followed the Rhine until Mannheim.
This weekend I'll relax in Mannheim, enjoying the sun. Coming Friday is our company's summer party which will last until Saturday morning, where I'll compete in the RoemerMan, an Olympic distance triathlon in Ladenburg.
I wish you a nice weekend, Jolle!
Monday, July 4, 2005
It was a nice weekend, which passed too fast again, even I had already taken a free day to lenghten it. But three days are still too short, there's soo much to do at home.
I left Mannheim directly after work on Friday evening and arrived Schwerin around midnight.
Saturday morning I went to famous the 5-lake-run in Schwerin, starting in front of the castle, that beholds our regional parliament and is restaurated with a 150 million Euro budget over the next decades. There are three distances, a 10, 15 and 30 km run. I had registered for the 15 km run (which is actually 15,8 km), that I had also ran last year.
I met some friends from the Berlin Marathon Forum (ForumTeam) as well as members of my local triathlon club. Then a friend showed me his secrets of warming up before a race. Shortly before the start we positioned us in the first row. Actually it was my first time starting directly in front of a race, but with my tenth overall place last year I think it was not too arrogant. ;)
We started fast in a group of around ten to fifteen runners in front, but had to let go seven of them quite soon. Globi and me and two other runners formed a second group and changed the lead several times. It became quite hot and I felt very good at km seven in the race, so I am not sure if I became fast or the others slower, but I overtook them and ran away. From that moment on I also had an official biker in front of me which cleared the way a bit, cause we were running into the 10 km runners that had started 10 minutes earlier.
Right before the finish line I overtook another runner which had been originally in the first group, so I ended the race on the 7th position of around 1150 participants in a phantastic time of 55:33 min, a bit over a 17 kph average. It has definitely been the fastest race in my short career as a runner. ;)
I also got some bottles of a local beer as the prize for the second place in my age group, which I had also last year. There are participating better runners every year, but if I again get seven minutes faster, I may be in the pace for the big trophy next year. ;)
What else did I do on the weekend? Steffi, a good friend and former fellow student from Ingolstadt visited me and we went through Schwerin with my sister, which is an official city guide. Moreover we went swimming in the lake, had a strawberry cake and cherries and went on a boat tour on the Schweriner Lake. Moreover I met my uncle and grandparents again. ;)
As you can see, there was quite some action, so it has been a good decision that I had taken free on today. Sleeping long, go on a small bike tour with my recumbent bike and watching the first hours of the Tour de France coverage was all I did today before I had to leave for the train around 5 pm.
In 5 weeks I'll go home again for the Ostseeman weekend. Oops, it's really getting time to intensify my training.
Have a nice week, Jolle!
PS: Boonen did it again and won also the second sprint final of the Tour de France. Good for me, as I have bet on him getting the the green jersey. :)
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Sunday was time for the one disciplin that had been left out the day before. I got up early in the morning ( a quarter before six) and cycled down the Neckar valley from Stuttgart to Mannheim, passing dozens of wonderfull towns and castles.
I arrived at home around 5 pm with over 200 km in my legs and a considerable sunburn. Oouuch!
Jens (the one on the left) who competed in all three disciplines, had been a lot faster than the three of us.
Anyway, we had a lot of fun and definitely gave our best. I needed a bit under 3 hours for my bike part, as I had hoped before. But the mountains had been hard, as you can see on the photo that has been taken directly after my ride.
On 24 July I have registered for my first single triathlon, an Olympic Distance in Ladenburg near Mannheim. Swimming will be in the Neckar, and cycling on another mountaineous track in the Odenwald. I hope it will be a last good test for the Ostseeman.
Friday, June 10, 2005
On Sunday is the next scheduled event. I will start in a relay team at the Maxdorf triathlon (2-82-20 km) with 2 collegues and take over the cycling part, which consists of a two lap course with quite some ascents to challenge. We'll see.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
...three persons I adore, and three cocktails I had Monday night in the Stars Club in Mannheim. A nice hang out to complete a three day holiday with lots of sport and even more Playstation. ;)
Next weekend I'll be in Thuringia for Europe's biggest cross run, the Rennsteiglauf. The week after is another long weekend, which is filled by the Summer Challenge in Ingolstadt.
Have fun, Jolle!
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
Some time has passed since my last message, but a lot happened. The Mannheim Eagles lost the play-off finals, my favourite soccer club Hansa Rostock has won some matches in the last time, so there are still some chances that they will stay in the first league.
This week I've been on another SAP-training in Walldorf with two colleges, which was quite some fun as well as helpful.
The winter has finally left Germany, it's getting warmer and brighter. I started my cycling season and added some swimming sessions, but on the other hand neglected running a bit. Well, the positive effect is, that I am well rested right now, so I decided to visit some friends over the weekend and run the marathon in Hamburg. My target is 3:15 h, eight minutes faster than in last Spring.
Friday, April 8, 2005
The Eagles could have kicked out Frankfurt. Well, now they will have to try it again on Sunday. Ingolstadt also lost Berlin, again, and now needs two consecutive victories against the Polar Bears, which will be quite hard. Anyway, we?ll see it on Sunday. My dream of a final between Mannheim and Ingolstadt is still possible.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Monday I went back with a rental car. I got a Jeep Grand Cherokee this time. Hell, what a monster machine. After some offroad tests in the morning :) it made 190 km/h on the highway. Not bad for a car weighting 2 tons. Anyway, not a car I would buy.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
I'll go to bed now, as it was a long day. I got up at 6:15 am in Stuttgart, where I went yesterday for a dinner of Julia's company.
Tomorrow we'll go to an ice hockey playoff match, Mannheim vs. Nuremberg, before I'll drive home on Friday to relax some days.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Until Wednesday I'll be in Walldorf (some SAP-education). Friday I'll drive home to Schwerin for the Easter Holidays.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
And if I manage to continue my regular training once or twice a week, I'm sure I can even do much better.
Monday, March 7, 2005
Thursday I'll go skiing to Austria (Pitz Valley) with some colleges from the company, I'm really looking forward to it. After all, I've been only one day in the snow this season and had not expected to get another chance so soon.
On top of that, I even may get the heating in the bathroom fixed this week. My landlord sent me an email today. We'll see.
Thursday, March 3, 2005
Julia is coming on Friday, as well as Basti, an old friend from Freiberg. We'll explore a bit more of Mannheim then. Next Thursday to Sunday I'll possibly join a ski trip with the company to the Pitz valley.
So much for now. Need to get some food and sleep now. Good night, Jolle!
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Nontheless I'll leave Schwerin tomorrow. That's why I'm in the middle of packing and planning right now. Wish me luck for everything!
Sunday, February 20, 2005
But worth the effort, I guess. The weather was really fine. Not too cold, just a very bit snow in the middle and no strong wind. I've got one photo after the run. It's a bit foggy from the heat of the shower room, but still you should see me some minutes after the finish (click it to see all).
That's all for now, I'm tired. Good night!
Saturday, February 19, 2005
The weather forecast is around zero to two degrees with a bit of snowfall. Well, I don't care about the snow, but hopefully we'll not have the wind against us.
See last year's report from Manfred (in German) including some photos if you're interested.
Wish you the best, Jolle!
PS: I've got a job in Mannheim starting in March. Therefor I'll have to move next week. But first I'll concentrate on running :), so more on that later.
Monday, February 7, 2005
I saw some big birds and for the first time here a big wild boar, which was blocking the path 15 metres in front of me. It was just watching me and checking the situation, when I stopped and turned on my camera. But no luck this time, cause as soon as I stopped, the boar dashed away between the trees. Strangely enough I saw no deer today.
Well, to give you an impression of what I'm speaking of, here are some of today's photos.
Happy running, Jolle!
Friday, January 28, 2005
Korea understood that educated citizens and technology are their only real resource in the future. Simple production jobs are moving away to China etc., and the country itself has no natural resources. So education is even more important.
We've got this debate in Germany as well. Federal as well as regional government states, the universities have to do better. Universities say, that they need more money to do so.
The solution seemed all too easy. From this week universities in Germany are allowed to take tuition fees from its students. Well, one might say, this is not unusual in the world. Right! But don't believe it's the ultimate solution to the problem. I don't even believe that it helps a sh...
Well, let's come back to Korea. They also take tuition fees. And if you compare a Korean campus to a German one, you'll notice, that the Korean one is ten times better equipped. Its libraries are longer open than the subway. The visiting hours of the academic staff is not limited to two hours a week. And so on.
But the difference is not so big, because Korea has long implemented a system of tuition fees. But because they understood the importance of education. Because their universities are more flexible. And because they spend one fifth of their budget on education compared to a mere 4.3% in Germany, which is less than the European average (see here for an offical German report). I don't believe that tuition fees can come up for that difference. And that's why we shouldn't regard this problem as solved.
Ah, and if you think about studying abroad, why not visiting a country where education is really considered important?
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tomorrow Teresa and me will be in Hamburg, where she will be a candidate in a regional quiz show.
Friday, January 14, 2005
The party lasted until the early morning and Julia and I went to bed around 5 or 6 am. At 9 I had to get up again, cause I had registered for the Ulrich Zwingli marathon some days ago. At first it was just a crazy idea, but it became fixed in my mind the more I thought about it.
So I left Kai's house around 9:30am and arrived at the Teichwiesen (a natural park within Hamburg). It was a nice lap course around some ponds and a big cow meadow. The track was quite muddy, as you can see on the photo. But I had brought my new waterproof shoes, which turned out very comfortable.
A crew of 2 and later 3 people handed us drinks and food every lap. I stayed at the lead right from the start. The first 3 laps in a team of four, then 8 laps with another guy, before I enforced the speed a bit for the last ones. I had dreamed of it beforehand, but now it really became reality. I had won my first marathon (follow the link for the official race report).
OK, my time of 3:39 h isn't world-class, and 15 runners made this marathon not one of the most distinguished. But I had been the best on this cloudy, warm New Years day morning. And it's a good feeling to have achieved something like this just 14 hours within the new year.